The legal power of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is guaranteed by the Constitution and its position as the supreme political authority in the PRC is realised through its comprehensive control of the state, military, and media.
Chinese leaders have repeated over and over that “We will never simply copy the system of Western countries or introduce a system of multiple parties holding office in rotation; although China’s state organs have different responsibilities, they all adhere to the line, principles and policies of the party.”
Zhou Qiang, the current Chief Justice and President of the Supreme People’s Court of China, even warned the courts against the idea of judicial independence.
On January 14 of 2017, he spoke at a Supreme People’s Court meeting, “China’s courts must firmly resist the western idea of “constitutional democracy”, “separation of powers” and “judicial independence”. These are erroneous western notions that threaten the leadership of the ruling Communist Party and defame the Chinese socialist path on the rule of law. We have to raise our flag and show our sword to struggle against such thoughts. We must not fall into the trap of western thoughts and judicial independence. We must stay firm on the Chinese socialist path on the rule of law.”
More and more people have come to believe that CCP leadership has deceived the Chinese people for 70 years and any change into real democracy would mean the end of the dictatorship and disasters to their personal lives.
Leadership transitions in the party have historically been a difficult process, with the only the past two – in 2002 and 2012 – having any resemblance to an institutionalised process, a SCMP report has said.
China’s constitution says a president can only serve for two five-year terms, but there is no such cap for the position of party general secretary, which is where the real power lies, apart from a stipulation in the party constitution that rules out “lifelong tenure”.
In recent years, Xi and his top ally in the party’s personnel administration, Central Organisation Department deputy head Chen Xi, have repeatedly stressed the importance of experience and political loyalty, rather than age limits.
Xi Jinping has been party general secretary since November 2012 and state president since March 2013. Does Xi plan to hang on to power for more than 10 years? Xi hopes to, but the days of the CCP regime are numbered. And I think Xi won’t have the chance.
The main reason for a broken deal between China and the US after 11 rounds of trade talks is that the communist leadership led by President Xi has never wanted a change in its political system.
CNN says Trump thinks the strength of the US economy gives him an edge and the ability to pin the blame for the impasse on Xi.
While Trump said Monday he will talk to Xi at the G20 summit in Japan in late June — which is now looming as a massively consequential meeting — the gaps may be too wide to bridge by then.
Source: SCMP, BBC, Wikipedia
Edited by staff